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MS Excel: LEN Function (WS, VBA)

Learn how to use the Excel LEN function with syntax and examples.

Description

The Microsoft Excel LEN function returns the length of the specified string.

Syntax

The syntax for the Microsoft Excel LEN function is:

LEN( text )

Parameters or Arguments

text is the string to return the length for.

Applies To

The LEN function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The LEN function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)
  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel LEN function examples and explore how to use the LEN function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel LEN examples would return:

=LEN(A1) would return 13
=LEN(A2) would return 16
=LEN("Excel") would return 5
=LEN("123") would return 3
=LEN(123) would return 3

Example (as VBA Function)

The LEN function can also be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel LEN function examples and explore how to use the LEN function in Excel VBA code:

Dim LResult As Long

LResult = Len ("www.techonthenet.com")

In this example, the variable called LResult would now contain the value 20.